I worked today and after, I treated myself to Manhattan Aquariums.
I bought a fish. $25 seemed reasonable. Several livestock were 20% off.
Okay, before I tell the story. I have hair algae. It needs a trim. I feel no shame.
As my current Spotcinctus grew, I felt she desired a mate. She just had that look, you know? She has also been harassing the Cardinals, but they are easy targets. I may have to remove them which I could live with. I like that they are pigs with big mouths since I have low nutrients.
I added this little fellow.
I considered an acclimation box, but I felt I had to let the clowns figure it out naturally. The next two hours were really fascinating.
At first the big female took a couple of shots at the little guy. Sizing him up I think. It was not territorial. She did not go back to the anemone. She watched the male.
The three Cardinals, who were very curious, came over and did something weird. They started running cover around the male. They boxed him in like circled wagons as if they were protecting him. It was crazy. The big girl was not happy and picked at them one by one. The Cardinals still tried for a short while.
The Midas was watching the whole time and also seemed protective of the new clown. He took a couple of shots at the female and she did not retaliate in any way.
After this settled, the anxious female began butting the male with her side. The other four fish all moved to sit near the top of the water line watching. The male clown started rubbing down against to the bare bottom of the tank when she approached, submitting.
She would watch him for a bit, then test him again.
This continued for a while until the female returned to the anemone at lights out (not sure when actually, I may have fallen asleep on the couch watching them for a while). Now with lights fully out the male is relaxing on the other side of the tank. Cannot wait to see what happens tomorrow.